Friday, November 21, 2008

1984-11-21 Dinosaur Dance Down

Lots of fun here with some 1983-84 style dance music mixed together with my new prize records -- Sound Effect of Godzilla Volumes 1 & 2. These labeled in Japanese records are some of the most fun I have ever had. Incredible sound effects and other treatments are a delight to lay over and among music tracks. Great mega-mix of he Pool's "Dancin' down in Austin town."

Music included: Propaganda, Ministry, William S. Burroughs, General Public, Young Fresh Fellows, New Order, Thick Pigeon, the Pool, Popular History of Signs, Silver Tears, the Swingers, Jane & Jeff Hudson and a lot more.

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1984-11-07 Four More Years

The Wednesday after the election can be a difficult one. As I write this the 2008 election has recently concluded, but this radio program is taking me back to another era -- where Ronald Reagan has just earned four more years in the White House. He won big but I hated it. I think the substance of this program indicates that. We were also preparing for the Violent Femmes concert coming up in Burlington. I liked that.

Music included: Propaganda, New Order, Shriekback, Ministry, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Violent Femmes, Section 25, Art of Noise, Brian Eno & David Byrne, Front 242, and a lot more.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

1984-08-22 Out of the Sky

Apparently I had just arrived from somewhere else and thus the title, out of the sky. I had just landed and came over to the station to do my show. Therefore, it took me a few minutes to pull some music, but I did get it going. And, it was fun, in that mid-1980's sort of way. I am a bit tired, though, but it doesn't really show.

Music included: Propaganda, Shriekback, K. Leimer, Group 87, Silent Running, Tones on Tail, Blue in Heaven, the Raybeats, Xmal Deutschland, the Prisoners, Reverbs, the Vels, New Order, Grandmaster Flash and a lot more.

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1985-02-13 My Valentine

Well, it wasn't exactly Valentine's Day, but it was pretty close. So, in my usual self-indulgent way I celebrated by playing romance songs that meant something to me. Love was, however, in the air as Chris Purkiss came on to talk about the African Relief fundraising effort to deal with the on-going African famine. Upcoming was the Lambsbread and Phish concert on March 4 1985. After that discussion with Chris it was on to music. Why, you could even win a lunch with Bernie Sanders (who knew he would go on to be a senator?) or UVM president Lattie Coor.

Music included: Section 25, the Stranglers, John Fector, Julie Brown, Kraftwerk, Edgar Froese, the Sex Execs, Genesis, Jimi Hendrix, Thick Pigeon, Brian Eno (live), New Order, the Android Sisters, Propaganda and a lot more.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

1985-04-17 Bon Voyage Anne

Anne Labrusciano announced that she was leaving radio. Her program, the Anne Labrusciano Show, had an immense impact on the way I do radio, the way others do radio and the cultural scene in Burlington and beyond. She weaves together unusual sounds, voices and music into a strange new composite message that often has an incredible new meaning.

To salute Anne, I put together three different salutes. First is about 30 minutes of excerpts from previous programs by Anne. Second is a spate of cuts that I wanted to dedicate to Anne. Finally, there is a short story by Jose Luis Borges that I have chopped up as a salute to Anne.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

1984-07-18 Who Dat?

Still early in my radio career and the bloom is not off the rose. I get excited when I am in the radio station and see so much new music that I can play as I like. Exploration and enjoyment meet as I spin new discs on this Wednesday.

Music included: Kraftwerk, Joy Division, Section 25, the Lyres, Minutemen, Big Country, Public Image Limited, Sandy Shaw, Dance Society, Waterfront Home, Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Nina Hagen, Human League, David Van Tieghem, U&G Schuerpflug, Prince, Morris Day, Duke Booty, Jermaine Jackson and a lot more than was not an any read playlist.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

1984-06-20 Violence

This was one of my first total sound-music collage programs. It took the theme of violence and spun it in many different ways. I took the speech that Robert F, Kennedy gave when he heard that Martin Luther King had been murdered as well as a speech delivered in Cleleland, and wrapped it around all sorts of music, other spoken word, the poems of indigenous people, punk music and everything else I could jam in. The result has remained potent for me these twenty-four years later. I coukld have done it a bit differently and a bit better, but this is what it is and it will have to do.

Robert F. Kennedy in Cleveland:

This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics. I have saved this one opportunity to speak briefly to you about this mindless menace of violence in America which again stains our land and every one of our lives.
It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one – no matter where he lives or what he does – can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on.
Why? What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by his assassin’s bullet.
No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.
Whenever any American’s life is taken by another American unnecessarily – whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence – whenever we tear at the fabric of life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.
"Among free men,” said Abraham Lincoln, “there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet; and those who take such appeal are sure to lose their cause and pay the costs.”
Yet we seemingly tolerate a rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and our claims to civilization alike. We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far off lands. We glorify killing on movie and television screens and call it entertainment. We make it easy for men of all shades of sanity to acquire weapons and ammunition they desire.
Too often we honor swagger and bluster and the wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others. Some Americans who preach nonviolence abroad fail to practice it here at home. Some who accuse others of inciting riots have by their own conduct invited them.
Some looks for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear; violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleaning of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.
For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly, destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is a slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter.
This is the breaking of a man’s spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all. I have not come here to propose a set of specific remedies nor is there a single set. For a broad and adequate outline we known what must be done. “When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies – to be met not with cooperation but with conquest, to be subjugated and mastered.
We learn, at the last, to look at our bothers as aliens, men with whom we share a city, but not a community, men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in common effort. We learn to share only a common fear – only a common desire to retreat from each other – only a common impulse to meet disagreement with force. For all this there are no final answers.
Yet we know what we must do. It is to achieve true justice among our fellow citizens. The question is now what programs we should seek to enact. The question is whether we can find in our own midst and in our own hearts that leadership of human purpose that will recognize the terrible truths of our existence.
We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of all. We must admit in ourselves that our own children’s future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge.
Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanish it with a program, nor with a resolution.
But we can perhaps remember – even if only for a time – that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short movement of life, that they seek – as we do – nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.
Surely this bond of common faith, this bond of common goal, can begin to teach us something. Surely we can learn, at least, to look at those around us as fellow men and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our hearts brothers and countrymen once again.

Robert F. Kennedy after the King assassination:

I have bad news for you, for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and killed tonight.
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice for his fellow human beings, and he died because of that effort.
In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black--considering the evidence there evidently is that there were white people who were responsible--you can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in great polarization--black people amongst black, white people amongst white, filled with hatred toward one another.
Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love.
For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and distrust at the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I can only say that I feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rather difficult times.
My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote: "In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.
So I shall ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, that's true, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love--a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke.
We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times; we've had difficult times in the past; we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; it is not the end of disorder.
But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings who abide in our land.
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.

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1984-06-15 First Anniversary Party

Here I am, celebrating the first year of being on the radio. After only a year I have still located a large number of unusual records to play on this Friday night as I sit in on Party Radio and, as usual, engage in a very self-indulgent radio program. This is an interesting snapshot of my musical tastes after just one year. There was a nice crowd in the studio on this Friday night helping me.

Music included: lots of sound clips and samples along with Yello, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, U&G Scheurpflug, New Order, B-52s, Psychedelic Furs, Language, Innocence in Danger, White Door, Ultravox, the Smiths, Midnight Oil, Elvis Costello, U2, Suicidal Tendencies, The Edge, Mission of Burma, the Lyres, Bram Tchaikovsky, White Animals, Romantics, Blue Cheer, Stephen Ashman, the Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Bow Wow Wow, Chameleons UK, Wire Train, the Motors, Secion 25 and a lot more.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

199x-04-08 Fundraising

WRUV-FM radio needed a new antenna and did not have a way to procure one. The result was a well-organized and implemented fundraising effort. I dived into it in a heavy way. I hate to ask for money, but I believe in this radio station and so I did what I normally would not. Once I am doing it I go all the way. The music is wild and the commentary is even wilder. I often break down into a full-scale assault on the American cultural machine and its effort to reduce its listeners/consumers to happy drones tapping their feet as they produce profits for others.

This is a unique program, something I did only twice during my seventeen years on the air. Check it out. It is"entertainment."

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

0000-00-00 The Way of Zigra

I love insane rants by psychotic evil creatures intent on conquering entire planets, especially the Earth. One of these rants, one of my all-time favorites, comes from the planet Zigra (see above). So, I played it at the beginning and built an entire radio program around it. What fun!

Music included: Zigra's rant, Severed Heads, Shadow Work, Enya, Legendary Pink Dots, Throbbing Gristle, Blaine L. Reininger, The Cuts, Graeme Ravell, SPK, Minimal Man, Lustmord, Nocturnal Emissions, Sleep Chamber, Industrious Fleas, Coil, Chris & Cosey and a lot more.

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0000-00-00 Strange Beautiful

"Strange beautiful" is the refrain from the last song of the show. I cannot find my voice anywhere within the show, so there is no play list being read. I assume this program is from the early 1990's but I cannot be certain. There are few vocals and a lot of different musical stylings. This is a fun show to listen to and I rate it highly.

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0000-00-00 Poetry in Motion

Another lost date, but another swinging show I do not want to lose. The title is poetry, but it seems to be the poetry of sound and motion, not necessarily of words. There are some words, and even some fairly mainstream poetry (although not mainstream poets) but it is all bundled together in a way that emphasizes sound.

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0000-00-00 Nocturnal Emissions

Some of the radio programs do not have dates on the tapes. While I often toss them out (after trying to determine the date) I keep them if they seem valuable and I want to preserve them. Thus it is with this program. I do not know when it came from (even my guesses are inaccurate) but I know that I like it. This is really some great industrial landscape stuff.

Here is a description of the project:

Nocturnal Emissions is a sound art project that has released numerous records and CDs in music styles ranging from electro-acoustic, musique concrete, hybridised beats, sound collage, post-industrial music, ambient and noise music. The sound art has been part of an ongoing multimedia campaign of guerrilla sign ontology utilising video art, film, hypertext and other documents. The project was initiated in London in or around 1980 by Nigel Ayers (b. 1957) together with collaborators Danny Ayers(b.1964) and Caroline K (b.1957- d.2008).
From early in their work, the group concentrated on the axiom of music being a form of social control, and highlighted concepts such as information overload, cult conditioning, brainwashing and subliminal advertising, in a critique of information society. Their music drew heavily on worldwide folk traditions as well as that of the European avant-garde. One of their earliest performances was in a railway arch in Atlantic Road, Brixton, while the 1981 Brixton riots raged outside.
Since 1984 Nocturnal Emissions has continued mainly as Nigel Ayers' solo project. Line-up has varied from one to a dozen musicians. Nocturnal Emissions temporary members have included net artist Stanza, Ben Ponton of Zoviet France and (somewhat bizarrely) life coach Fiona Harrold.
Nocturnal Emissions ran their own record label, Sterile Records and later worked closely with the editors of the art music label Touch, later with both the Netherlands- based Staalplaat and USA- based Soleilmoon recording labels. All three labels came to the fore as part of 1980s cassette culture. In 1990-92 Nocturnal Emissions collaborated on Butoh dance performances in Europe & the USA, with the Japanese choreographer Poppo Shiraishi. Around this time Nocturnal Emissions' Situationist-influenced practice became increasingly informed by magick, stone circles, techno-shamanism, neo-paganism, animism and Fortean research. There were many collaborations on animated films by Mancunian TV director Charlotte Bill. Bill was never an official member of Nocturnal Emissions, but admits to being one of the legion of members of The Fall (band).
Nocturnal Emissions were later to be associated with the Kernow section of the Association of Autonomous Astronauts and to feature in a best-selling story by the novelist Stewart Home.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

1995-03-22 This Time

Anna Domino

This is an eclectic assemblage of music for a week when I felt a special way. These programs became a way for me to express myself and my week through music, and the listeners have to carry the freight. This week was an odd one, and the music reflected that. The great cut by Anna Domino gives us the title.

Music included: Union Jack, Love is Colder Than Death, Anna Domino, Frank Chickens, Bel Canto, Susie Bright & Annie Sprinkle, Miranda Sex Garden, Chris & Cosey, Velvet Underground, Mystere de Voix Bulgare and a lot more.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

1995-03-08 Not Alone

They are out there. In space. I am sure of that. Whether we wish to recognize it or not. This show recognizes that there is intelligent life beyond the earth and celebrates that. As in one Doctor Who episode I saw, the Earth people decided to have a huge party to welcome the "visitors." Well, maybe this isn't huge, but I was having a party!

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1995-03-01 Industrial Relapse

At one point I was very into industrial music, and would feature it week after week. I got out of that and into some other stuff, but on this early spring day I felt in the mood to revisit some of those sounds in a sort of industrial relapse. This 90 minute exploration into a different part of the acoustic realm, the industrial roots, may either delight or anger you. Activate your cranial implant node, and here we go. By the way, am I a real doctor?

Music included: Nurse with Wound, Einsturzende Neaubauten, Whitehouse, Blackhouse, Coil, Lustmord, Controlled Bleeding, Test Department, Autopsia, Merzbow and a lot more.

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1995-02-22 Tech Fix Delays Ethic

As we attempt to solve the problems of modernity with increasingly complex technical fixes, we become more and more adherant to the notion that we can continue living on the planet as we have been for the last 75 years without really changing our ways. My belief is that by continuing to "fiddle" with "coping" we avoid moving to a new way of thinking that would allow is to live in a more harmonious way with nature. Oddly enough, this radio program is about that theme. There are mostly beats and grooves here, but this is how I interpreted the situation. Maybe there is a bit of a "tech fix" here.

Music includes: Banco de Gaia, Usura, Good Men, Fluxland, Neon, DJ Hooligan, Infidus, Hole in One, Astrospider, Transformer 2, Mello Yello, ADAUM, Dance to Trance, House Pimps, Aquastep, 2 Fabiola, Jade for U, Total Groove, Transform, Capella, Lines of Rhythm,. Ramirez, Public Ambient and a lot more.

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1995-02-15 Web of Life

It seems to me that everything is connected to everything else. When one thing changes, it impacts other things and the ripples continue, either slowing or building in strength. This show is about that idea, in an unusual sort of way. A few beats here, but mostly acoustic landscapes and some very nice droning, along with a lot of tropical birds and forest sounds. Great to work to or if you want to set a calm mood.

Music included: Brian Eno, rain forest sound effects, Zoviet France, Fripp & Eno, and a lot more. No play list was read for this show, so your guess may be as good as mine.

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1995-02-08 Inconsequential Silliness

I cannot say that the names or these radio programs are accurate, but this one probably is. Lots of Negativland and other media ecology groups. Inconsequential silliness can be fun, so enjoy. Dispel all grim outlooks and insert yourself into this noise and music collage.

Music included: Negativland, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Sucking Chest Wound, William S. Burroughs, Chumbawamba, Bonzo Dog Doh Da Band, Tape-Beatles, Senator Sam Ervin, Crazy Joe & the Variable Speed Band, Meat Beat Manifesto, the Timelords, The Tinklers, John Oswald, Annie Sprinkle, Suns of Arqa, Boyd Rice & Friends, Producers for Bob, Touchtone Turners, Half Japanese, Mark Mothersbaugh, Y22, the Swords and a lot more. Whew!

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

1991-02-07 1421 is a Mysterious Number

Not sure what he theme was here, as there is no suviving name for this show, but onl a mysterious number - 1421. Really dark, though, and minimal beats along with industrial landscapes.

Music included: Blackhouse, FM Einheit, Meat Beat Manifesto, Renegade Sound Wave, Sleep Chamber, Tackhead, and a lot more stuff I cannot now identify and I did not read the first part of the play list.

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1989-08-09 Down on the Brain Farm

The 1989 version of the summer debate institute was in full swing, and I took some time out from the sessions to do this radio show. The topic was agriculture, and out t-shirt had been one where we said "We grow them big, down on the brain farm." It was such a good slogan we used it later about 12 years later.

Lots of fun in this one. Music included: Android Sisters, Negativland, J. Edgar Hoover, Ebn-Ozn, the Clash, Laurie Anderson, Bill Nelson, Chumbawamba, Made for TV, Chris & Cosey, Renaldo & the Loaf, the Timelords, Maskd Men, Propaganda, the Residents, Severed Heads, Psychic TV, Tammie Faye Bakker, Sleep Chamber, Sound Effects of Godzilla, and a lot more.

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1986-05-28 Broken Gene Posse Part 1

This was a strange late night radio experiment. I worked to assemble a unique group of indiividuals in the WRUV studios to see what we could do on the One True Radio program.

Steve Dolley and I worked on sound loops and some instrumentation, Trey Ansastasio and John Fishman from Phish sat in on some cuts, and David (now Kell) Fox and Tom Effinger of Commodity Fetish were there as well.

Really strange industrial noise. I hope you enjoy it. It was fun to do.

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1986-01-10 Part of Party Radio

Second half of a Party Radio stint I did in the early days of 1986.

A section of a New Order concert from a club called "Heaven" 27 August 1984. Also we had Big Audio Dynamite, Blaine L Reininger, the Stranglers, Bauhaus, Laurie Anderson, Joy Division, Propaganda and a lot more.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

1984-06-08 America, America

"Ours is a great party."

I sat in for Ira Melnick's show "Private Plane" and that allowed me to do a number of different things in a very hot WRUV-FM studio. We begin with a salute to our country. Hooray USA in a 1984 Doctor Tuna style. We also will hear a segment from the Laurie Anderson interview that had just occurred, as well as segments from the Yellowman interview that also took place at the station. This sounds like the 1984-me, I have three hours to fill, here is how I will do it, design a plan, implement it. It took Kathy Fors to teach me to be even a little bit spontaneous. But, hey, it's got good content!

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